Asset Declaration: Code Of Conduct Advise Public Servants

Public servants were on Tuesday called on in Gombe state to declare their assest as part of constitutional requirement, the advise was placed forward by the Code of Conduct Bureau.

Panyi Baira, the bureau director in Gombe state, stated this during an interview with NAN in Gombe on Tuesday.

“Asset declaration is a constitutional requirement that has to be fulfilled by all government workers from the lowest government employee to the highest office in the country as required by law.

“The law says career civil servants must declares once after each and every four years, but for political office holders, they must declare their assets when they assume office and when they leave, be it elective or appointed.”

Baira stated that some public servants in the state have responded to the provisions of asset declaration.

The director claimed that the bureau was constituted to ensure high level of accountability, transparency and high level of morality in government business.

“Failure to declare assets by public officer can lead to confiscation by Court of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) and the assets accordingly become government property.”

He also advised against over-declaration or under-declaration, saying it was an offence too.